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macro magic! share!

Discussion in 'Non-Bikes' started by spazzy, Aug 30, 2010.

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    spazzy

    spazzy Premium Member

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    Hey guys,

    just had the pleasure of taking some shots in the botanical gardens in duthie park, Aberdeen. Thought I'd share some for comments and advice.

    thanks to the little critters for staying still long enough to get a few shots in.


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    goz
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    looks like a real face, creepy, nice shots
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    spazzy

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    thanks goz.

    yeah.. like that piece of toast that came out like jesus. haha.
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    enigma--
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    looks very nice to me!
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    smee MODERATOR: Devil's Advocate Moderator

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    BEEEEEZZZZZZ
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    spazzy

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    is that bee carrying something? or does it just have chubby legs?

    is it just file compression thats causing the graining?
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    It's the pollen sacs bees have in their legs which stores the pollen they colect.
    As for grain, it's your monitor, the shots were cropped from the original (almost 100%) shot at iso 800
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    Roarin

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    Does it count if it's taken with a telephoto lens?
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    Curious to know which lenses both the op and sneeze have used for their shots?
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    Damn autocorrect ... Smee!
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    Bastards! Bastards I tell you!

    Now to explain. My wife is into photography and has fallen in love with macro in particular to the point where her birthday present came her way a fortnight early and at a wallet lightening rate too. Now more importantly to her, because it's all about her and her photography of course (nobody mention the slight issue that this is a motorcycle forum please :bolt:), what equipment (bodies and lenses), settings (ISO and f stops) are you using and any tips you can send her way.
    Please. I'm begging here. I'd even get down on my knees if it wasn't for that bung right leg issue I suffer :-({|= lol
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    Roarin

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    My gear is nothing fancy. Just a Canon 550D with the kit lens's. 18-55 and 55-250 IS EF S lenses.
    The bees on the yellow flowers were shot in jpeg, 100 ISO, 250mm focal length, F5.6 @ 1/320 shutter speed in Aperture mode. No post processing whatsoever other than a crop and resize. I have my camera set on the standard picture style but with the sharpness at +7, contrast +1 and saturation +1.
    I'm very tempted to stump up for a 50mm 2.8? prime 'cause they're cheap and s'posed to be exceptionally sharp. (for the $) For 100 odd bucks it's worth an experiment :)
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    This is an old one that I took with my Canon S2IS, was a great little camera

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    Heres a couple I did last night and today
    Just wishing the lightning would happen properly tonight for some good storm shots

    Some of these have incredible detail but in the interest of sharing I have cropped and sized them down a bit

    All shot with a Nikon D60 18-55mm, just learning and playing with the full Manual setting

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    A Canon 50mm lens, hmmmmm. I think you might be referring to one that my wife already has, it's about $150 from Ted's, and all I really know about it is that it's her 'portrait' lens. As for her new thing of macro the splash out was a Sigma 150mm which she's still coming to grips with. Oh yeah, they get attached to a Canon 450D.
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    The 50mm f/1.8 prime? For about $100, the bang-for-the-buck ratio is off of the charts.

    We'll start with the bad news:
    * Plastic lens body is plastic. If you're lying on the ground to take low-angle photos and then roll onto your side to change position with the lens in your pocket, there may be a problem. Don't ask how I know.
    * Old-fashioned autofocus motor is relatively sluggish to change focus and goes BRRRRRRR. BRRRRRRRR. BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. every time the lens is focussed.
    * Old-fashioned autofocus ring is super-dooper ultra-sensitive to use by hand, compared to a USM autofocus as seen on the $400 f/1.4 version.
    * Aperture isn't perfectly circular, leading to septagonal (from memory) out-of-focus highlights; aka 'bokeh'. You may or may not care. :)

    But on the other hand:
    * 50mm roughly equals 82mm equivalent on a crop-body; great for head-and-shoulders portraits.
    * Optically very sharp -a whisker sharper than the $400 f/1.4 and $1800 f/1.2 versions in fact.
    * Weighs about 5 milligrams. Very compact and light.
    * f/1.8 is a fairly big aperture, especially given that it costs...
    * $100.

    In summary, it's not perfect, but for $100ish it's a great cheap portrait lens to play with. :)
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    Hi John
    That was the 24-105L on my 5d2, zoomed in and cropped.
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    macros not my thing but this was from the botanical gardens in cairns late last year
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    beautiful shot smee

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